Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli & Pratt P.A.
Nationwide Firm
786-401-4706
Injury, Immigration and Business Attorneys
Aggressive Advocacy and Exceptional Civil Litigation Success

Florida teen impersonates doctor at Osceola hospital

Imagine being admitted to a hospital, expecting the best care possible, and being treated by a teenager with no medical qualifications whatsoever. This happened last August when a teen impersonated a doctor at a Florida hospital. The fact that a medically-unlicensed teenager was not only given a badge to enter the hospital but was also allowed to treat patients in the emergency department is outrageous. Despite the shocking hospital negligence, the Osceola hospital was only fined $5,000.

The incident occurred when a 17-year-old boy presented himself as a physician's assistant at the Osceola Regional Medical Center. Instead of checking the very young man's credentials, hospital staff provided him with a badge. He was then allowed to enter the emergency department and treat patients. He performed CPR on a woman who later died. He was also able to access confidential patient information.

Since the whole thing happened, the hospital claims it has a more thorough badging system. However, it cannot undo the damage that the young man was permitted to cause. He has been arrested previously for impersonating an officer as well as a physician's assistant.

The hospital was cited for three violations in the incident and was fined a mere $5,000 for allowing an untrained teenager to perform medical procedures on patients. But residents feel that the punishment is nothing but a slap on the wrist. Considering the fact that this particular hospital is one of the 50 most profitable hospitals in the country, the fine is seen as incredibly minor.

When a hospital or doctor exhibits such negligence, it is the patients who suffer the most. Holding these parties accountable for the damages they cause may prevent the same thing from happening again.

Source: Palm Beach Post, "Hospital where teen impersonated physician's assistant slapped with $5,000 fine," April 11, 2012

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook

We Literally Wrote The Book On Immigration Law

Our firm is a recognized leader in immigration law and litigation. We handle the spectrum from family and employment-based visas to deportation defense and immigration appeals. Founding partner Ira Kurzban authored the Immigration Law Sourcebook, widely used by immigration lawyers, judges and government officials as the authoritative field reference.

Aggressive Advocacy and Exceptional Civil Litigation Successes Call Our Firm at 786-401-4706 or Fill Out the Secure Form Below

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Miami Office
2650 SW 27th Avenue
2nd Floor
Miami, FL 33133

Phone: 786-401-4706
Fax: 305-444-3503
Miami Law Office Map

Jacksonville Office
10752 Deerwood Park Boulevard South
Suite 100
Jacksonville, FL 32256

Map & Directions

Jed Kurzban Of Counsel at Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, A Law Corporation
1003 Bishop Street
Suite 1600
Pauahi Tower
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-531-8031
http://www.hawaiilawyer.com

Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli & Pratt P.A.